Freshly Squeezed: 07.11.19

Ally Feiam By Ally Feiam | 07 Nov 2019

The NRA is ‘ready to consult’ the QLD Government regarding single-use plastic and Amazon introduces its first BNPL partner. Get a healthy dose of news as we uncover the day’s top stories in e-commerce and retail.

Amazon Partners with Zip for BNPL Payments

Amazon is introducing Zip as its primary BNPL platform. This is the first BNPL platform in Australia that the tech giant is using, ‘just in time for Christmas’. “We’re thrilled to offer Zip customers access to more than 125 million products on amazon.com.au. Amazon is a best-in-class retailer and Zip is looking forward to being able to give its customers a flexible way to pay,” explained Larry Diamond, Zip CEO and Managing Director. “The agreement with Amazon Australia demonstrates that Zip is no longer an alternative, but a mainstream payment option. We welcome Amazon Australia with wide arms to a list of more than 16,200 retailers who are allowing Aussies to own the way they pay.”

NRA ‘Ready to Consult’ QLD Government for Plastic Bag Use

The National Retail Association (NRA) is ‘ready to consult’ the Queensland Government for its proposed reforms to single-use plastic laws. These laws include scrapping items such as plastic straws, cutlery and plates. “Many retailers have already started to move away from single-use plastic items such as straws and lids. Along with environmental considerations, this has also been driven by consumer attitudes towards plastic changing,” explained Dominique Lamb, CEO of the NRA.

“Increasing numbers of shoppers are becoming more environmentally conscious and have been seeking out alternatives to plastic. But before any legislation is passed there needs to be extensive industry consultation to ensure a smooth transition. Retailers need to be given time to clear out existing stock and find alternatives to offer consumers, while Queenslanders need to be informed on any changes that impact the way they shop. The NRA has a proven track record of working with governments to successfully implement changes that affect the retail industry. Banning single-use plastic bags was one of the biggest reforms the sector has seen in recent times and we welcomed the opportunity to work with the Queensland Government to assist businesses and the public navigate that change.”

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